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Chardonnay

There is hardly a region in the world where Chardonnay is not planted. In the 1990s, Chardonnay almost became a brand in its own right, with New World producers actively marketing their wines under the grape name.

In the past winemakers have tried to emulate the great whites from Burgundy and Chablis, and have been criticised for not forging their own style. They now produce Chardonnay in their own ways, aligning production more closely to their locality.

There is hardly a region in the world where Chardonnay is not planted. In the 1990s, Chardonnay almost became a brand in its own right, with New World producers actively marketing their wines under the grape name.

In the past winemakers have tried to emulate the great whites from Burgundy and Chablis, and have been criticised for not forging their own style. They now produce Chardonnay in their... read more.

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Key Countries and Regions

Primarily France (Burgundy, Chablis, Meursault, Montrachet, Pouilly Fuissé and Champagne); some particularly good Chardonnay is being produced in South Africa, New Zealand, California, Australia and Chile, where the flavour is more potent.

Climate Suitability

Chardonnay is regarded as the perfect grape variety -- it is easy to grow in most climates and also makes good-quality wine.

Colour and Flavours

Chardonnay is a white wine, and is slightly sweet to taste. The wines have a distinct elegance supported by an intense and well-balanced range of aromas.

Synonyms

Aubaine (an old Burgundian synonym no longer used); Beaunois (a rare Burgundian synonym) and Pinot Chardonnay (old).

 

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  1. Joseph Perrier, Vintage Blanc de Blancs, 2006

    Joseph Perrier, Vintage Blanc de Blancs, 2010 75cl

    Made entirely from the Chardonnay grape it is the minerality that sets this apart from the rest of the JP range. Its great strength is the way that it combine a light body with great complexity, with toasty elegance and a lemony finish. Superb!

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  2. Baron de Beaupre, Rosé

    Baron de Beaupre, Rosé 75cl

    A delicate, easy drinking rose, displaying light floral aromas with subtle red cherry fruit on the palate.

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  3. Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale (Magnum)

    Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale (Magnum) 150cl

    This is a lovely fruity champagne with superb freshness which is balanced, elegant and has a wonderfully vibrant finish.

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  4. Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros

    Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros, 2015 75cl

    A superb example of classic Burgundy. Wonderful flowery aromas with hints of lemon and pear with subtle toast. Great depth and minerals with a balanced long finish. Wonderful!

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  5. Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes, Collovray-Terrier

    Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes, Collovray-Terrier 2015 75cl

    Aromas of apple and hints of something more topical make way on a medium bodied palate for a splash of minerality. The finish has a soft complexity and good length.

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  6. Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2014

    Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2016 75cl

    International Wine Challenge 2003 - Seal of Approval

    An English white wine that has a light, fresh character and pleasingly soft palate. Lovely fruit aromas, with a supple off-dry finish combine to make this a wine ideal as an aperitif or with food.

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  7. Twill Cellars Chardonnay, Willamette Valley Oregon, 2015

    Twill Cellars Chardonnay, Willamette Valley Oregon, 2015 75cl

    Intense aromas of lemon and white peach are complemented with notes of flint, toasted coconut and lime leaves. On the palate, concentrated and mouthwatering notes of lemon curd and fleur de sel are followed with a very long, concentrated and vibrant finish.

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  8. Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

    Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson, 2016 75cl

    A superb Chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas and a hint of vanilla. The plate is full and generous with finish showing good length with the toasty oak influences shining through.

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